The Favicon for this website

(consisting of the Cross of Lorraine superimposed on a standard flag of France)

     I have chosen this flag to be the "favicon" for the website and it should appear next to in the address bar of your browser. It will also appear in the "Favorites" (American spelling) list of Internet Explorer, or "Bookmarks" of Google Chrome, (I don't know if this will work with other browsers, such as Firefox).

    The Cross of Lorraine takes various forms (one of which is shown below in red on the white background) and it is part of the heraldic arms of Lorraine in eastern France. It was originally the symbol of Joan of Arc and after 1940, superimposed on a standard flag of France, it was adopted by General Charles de Gaulle as the symbol of the Free French. During the period of 1940 - 1945 the cross served as a rallying point for French ambitions to recover its lost provinces of Alsace and Lorraine. The significance for Oradour-sur-Glane is that 44 of those who died there on 10 June 1944 originally came from the village of Charly in Lorraine. Charly was renamed Charly-Oradour in 1950: see The Oradours of France. Another 9 persons came from the suburb of Schiltigheim located in the city of Strasbourg, which is in Alsace.

    If the "favicon" is not displayed and you are using Internet Explorer 7 or later, try opening: Tools - Internet Options and on the General tab, click on Delete in the Browsing history section, then on the Temporary Internet Files section of the next box, click on Delete files, next click on Delete history. This action should clear your computer's cache of temporary files and allow the favicon to be displayed.

The cross of Lorraine on a standard French flag & used as the Flag of the Free French Forces
The flag of the Free French Forces under the leadership of General Charles de Gaulle and showing the
Cross of Lorraine in red (the flagpole is on the left).

The standard flag of France (The French Tricolour)
The standard flag of France, le tricolore, known to English speakers as the French Tricolour
(the flagpole is on the left).


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© Michael Williams revised January 2011